I grew up in Tacoma, WA surrounded by evergreen trees, the water, and the Cascade mountain range. For college, I left the rainy Pacific Northwest to attend The University of Southern California. After majoring in Bioemedical Engineering, I had the good fortune of getting a job as the engineer for the Motion Analysis Lab at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our patients interested me a lot more than my computer code, so after two years in that awesome city, I headed back home to The University of Washington for medical school.
While at UW, I had the opportunity to train in the urban medical centers of Seattle as well as in small hospitals in rural Alaska and Wyoming. Every where I went, my patients taught me about the importance of community and the role physicians can play in shaping individual and population health. After that, a future in primary care was an easy choice for me.
I wanted to keep exploring the rest of the country and to work in new communities, so I decided to try out the East Coast for residency. The UNC Family Medicine department inspired me with its enthusiasm for teaching, commitment to patients, and leadership in shaping the future of primary care. I am so stoked to be joining this program!
My interests in medicine include HIV care, addiction medicine, and Native American health (I’m Native Hawaiian). I also love traveling and outdoorsy things like biking, hiking, camping, and learning to fly fish. I love to cook, to eat, and to play all sports (especially basketball and golf). My husband and I just got a puppy and we are having a blast exploring the Triangle.